I only received a few questions this week for the Mail Stack, which I guess is understandable.
Now that college football has started, I’m chopped liver. No hard feelings, though.
The Evaluation Period began Sept. 1, so recruiting should start heating up as coaches hit the road for high school football and recruits return the favor by attending some games. The Tennessee weekend should be a doozy for Florida.
If you’ve been too busy taking part in #MiamiHateWeek and didn’t get a chance to read my in-depth feature on UF secondary coach Travaris Robinson, be sure to check it out HERE. He’s a guy all Gator fans should get to know, especially with the UM on the schedule this week.
On to the questions!
Do you think WR Speedy Noil and DL Gerald Willis end up in UF’s class? Heard they both wanted to attend the same school. — Ryan, Gary Alan Poe, Uncle Willie Sam
The teammates from New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr tweeted Tuesday that they want to attend the same college, and both have Florida, Southern Cal and Texas A&M as their three finalists. Many in the recruiting world still feel there’s a good chance they eventually end up at LSU, especially with Willis’ mother, April Justin, in the picture. She is infamous for disagreeing with the decision of her eldest son, safety Landon Collins, to attend Alabama over LSU during his announcement on ESPN at the Under Armour All-America Game in 2012.
If the Tigers are indeed out of the mix, this will be a battle between the Aggies and the Gators. At this time, Texas A&M likely has the edge over UF because of the distance factor. But the consensus top-100 prospects will officially visit Sept. 21 for the Tennessee game, and this will be Florida’s chance to make a move for them. The Gators haven’t signed a prep prospect from Louisiana in more than a decade.
Are the Gators a serious contender for Damian Prince and does it affect David Sharpe in any way? — Devin, Nate
On Tuesday, 247Sports reported the five-star offensive tackle would officially visit for the Florida State game. That news was later refuted on Twitter by Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Adam Friedman, who said Prince and his father told him the trip was not set up yet.
Regardless, UF doesn’t appear to be in contention for Prince. If he goes to a school in Florida, it will most likely be FSU. That being said, in-state Maryland has the edge for him in my opinion.
As for Sharpe, I doubt he’s affected by anyone in regards to the Gators because he’s the top offensive tackle target on their board and knows it. He attended the Clemson-Georgia game and is considering a visit to UGA this Saturday for its showdown with South Carolina. I think Florida remains the front-runner for him, but the ‘Dawgs and Tigers are going to be a threat.
Of the key prospects we are looking at, which if any are going to wait until national signing day to announce? — Conky3000
Five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson are the only two I know of right now. There are a handful a prospects who have an idea of when they’ll commit but haven’t set an exact date.
Here are the UF targets who plan to announce at the All-American games:
RB Joe Mixon (Army)
WR Travis Rudolph (Under Armour)
LB Clifton Garrett (Army)
LB Raekwon McMillan (Under Armour)
LB Dwight Williams (Army)
CB Jalen Tabor (Under Armour)
That’s all for this week! Be sure to put your questions for the next mailbag in the comment section below!